Police: Finance

Home Department written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of David Ruffley David Ruffley Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effect of changes in the level of crime on the police funding formula in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Tony McNulty Tony McNulty Minister of State (Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing), Home Office

The police funding formula uses a range of data relating to demographic and social characteristics, which are heavily weighted by changes in population, to allocate grant and reflect the relative needs of each police authority.

Changes in the level of crime are not factored into the police funding formula when calculating grant allocations per se, as to do so, would create perverse incentives for police authorities and forces.

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